The cuisine of Turks and Caicos is influenced by the raw materials at hand - such as a stunning variety of fish and shell fish - and by the ethnic cuisines of its diverse population.
Fresh seafood, locally grown produce and the best cuts of imported meats are all featured prominently on the menus of the best restaurants in Turks and Caicos.
There are almost 200 restaurants in the Turks and Caicos islands. The main island of Providenciales is where most of the top restaurants are located. Many of them are situated on the waterfront and offer calming views of the azure colored Caribbean waters.
Most of you who vacation in Turks & Caicos will only have a week to sample the best restaurants. You will probably want to have lunch at some of the top beach bars on the island, as well as sampling some of the top fine dining establishments for dinner.
With over 180 eateries on TCI, it can be tricky to decide where to dine. To make it easier for you to plan where to go, we have created three “Top 10 Restaurant” lists.
Those Top 10 restaurant lists should be enough for most readers, yet we didn’t stop there. In the last part of this restaurant guide, you will find some more restaurants that are great options but didn’t make it into our top 10 lists. The decision wasn’t easy.
Let’s start with our top 10 lists for gourmet dining.
Insider tip: A very popular restaurant in Turks and Caicos, so it is highly recommended that you make reservations well in advance.
Ambiance: A tropical delight where you can dine under twinkling stars and swaying fonds in the largest palm grove on Providenciales.
What we love: Delicious fresh, local seafood and a to-die-for coconut pie. The chef cultivates his own herb garden to ensure that he always has an abundant supply of fresh ones to accent his dishes.
Overview: Beautifully plated dishes and attentive service in a romantic setting that the New York Times described as "the prettiest place you can hope to find away from the water." Coco Bistro is also within walking distance to numerous hotels and resorts.
Phone number for reservations: 649-946-5369
Insider tip: Reservations are recommended at this popular, 20-plus-year-old fixture on the Turks and Caicos restaurant scene.
Ambiance: Indoor and outdoor seating. Enchanting views of the marina, accented by soft background music.
What we love: The pasta, doughs and sauces are handmade, and Baci prides itself on serving only locally caught seafood.
Overview: In the mood for Italian? Then head over to Baci to enjoy a taste of Italy. The owner prides himself on being on site most nights to greet his guests at this intimate and romantic restaurant. Popular dishes include Baci's brick-oven pizzas and generous portions of pasta, including ravioli and lasagna.
Phone number for reservations: 649-941-3044
Insider tip: Make sure to indulge in one of Infiniti's exceptional lobster dishes when they are in season (August through March).
Ambiance: Elegant and modern decor. Lights shining in rattan lanterns and fire pits give the outdoor seating a warm and romantic feel.
What we love: Oceanfront restaurant with Instagram-worthy sunsets.
Overview: The Infinity Restaurant & Raw Bar, which can be found at the Grace Bay Club, serves creative gourmet fare, including fresh local seafood. The restaurant also offers up some excellent beef dishes, as well, including a beautiful Tomahawk steak.
Phone number for reservations: 649-946-5050
Insider tip: Parties larger than 6 require a reservation with a credit card. In addition, deposits are required on some more popular dates to hold your seats.
Ambiance: Fine-dining, intimate setting. Indoor and outdoor seating available
What we love: The restaurant offers a chef's table experience where you can watch and interact with Chef Eric Vernice and his team while they work their magic on your meal.
Overview: The French/Italian fare at this restaurant has been inspired by Provence and dictated by the fresh local ingredients that are available seasonally. In addition to the restaurant's traditional menu, Provence by Eric also offers diners two unique ways to indulge in its delicious French fare -- a blind five-course tasting menu with wine pairings, as well as the aforementioned chef's table experience.
Phone number for reservations: 649-339-2233
Insider tip: Time your meal, so that you can view a spectacular sunset at Mango Reef.
Ambiance: Marina-side dining with beautiful views and festive lighting at night.
What we love: This restaurant has an extensive menu, so even picky eaters should be able to find a dish to enjoy.
Overview: Mango Reef's menu marries fresh local products and seafood with Caribbean and international flavors. The menu is heavy on seafood, including a grouper cooked in Indonesian curry and a variety of lobster specials when in season.
Phone number for reservations: 649-946-8200
Insider tip: Have a special occasion? For an extra setup fee, you can arrange ahead of time to dine directly on the beach.
Ambiance: Casual chic dining under the glow of lanterns and tiki lamps for lighting.
What we love: Conch is an important symbol of the Turks and Caicos, and Bay Bistro features the shellfish in several of its dishes, including a won ton appetizer and a smoke chowder.
Overview: Bay Bistro is an established restaurant located in one of the oldest hotels on Turks and Caicos. Seafood is the main star of the menu, but Bay Bistro also has something for everyone including jerk lamb chops, a vegetable tart, and a menu for the kids.
Phone number for reservations: 649-946-5396
Insider tip: For a real treat, make reservations for The Tasting Room, which is a special five-course meal paired with sommelier-selected wines served in Seven's 2,500-bottle wine cellar.
Ambiance: Upscale dining by romantic candlelight
What we love: Seven has an exceptional wine list.
Overview: This establishment serves beautifully plated dishes with a Caribbean twist, including conch and mahi ceviche, a pappardelle con funghi, and grilled octopus. Seven, which is one of the best restaurants Providenciales, is also known for its attentive service.
Phone number for reservations: 649-941-7777
Insider tip: For a very special occasion, ask about dining on a "floating" island in the Wymara Resort's infinity pool.
Ambiance: Modern and elegant, with indoor and outdoor seating
What we love: Dining with your children? Stelle offers a kid's menu with traditional favorites such as mac and cheese and pizza.
Overview: Stelle's dishes are showcases for fresh local ingredients that have been accented by Asian, Latin and Caribbean flavors. Some highlights from the restaurant's menu include Black Angus beef cheek rendang, which is the restaurant's take on traditional Balinese stew; chilled roasted octopus corn toast; and grilled Australian lamb rack,
Phone number for reservations: 649-941-7555
Insider tip: Reservations are required, unless you are staying at the Beach House.
Ambiance: Intimate, casual chic, with indoor and outdoor seating.
What we love: Kitchen 218 proudly features artfully plated, farm-to-table culinary creations, with ingredients from their own hydroponic garden.
Overview: The dinner menu at this restaurant focuses on its garden's fresh vegetables, local seafood and prime cuts of meat. The restaurant does have a casual dress code. For men, it can be a long- or short-sleeve shirt, polo shirt, long pants, Bermuda shorts and shoes. For women, it can be a dress, pants, blouses and shoes.
Phone number for reservations: 649-946-5377
Insider tip: Have special dietary requests? The kitchen would be pleased to accommodate them, but requests that you give them a 45-minute heads-up.
Ambiance: Located in the Sailrock Resort, the Great House Restaurant has a beach-y but chic vibe
What we love: Gorgeous views from the restaurant's wrap-around terrace.
Overview: The Great House designs its Caribbean-inspired menus around the best seasonal and local ingredients available. Seafood lovers will find a lot of delicious fare to choose from, including Bambara-Rum-flamed jumbo scallops and sesame-crusted ahi tuna.
Phone number for reservations: 800-929-7197
Insider tip: Go early to snag a table and parking.
Ambiance: Fun and casual with live music several days a week.
What we love: The restaurant's killer rum punch
Overview: Da Conch Shack is a classic beach dining spot popular with both locals and visitors. It is known for its fresh conch prepared in a variety of different ways, including stir-fried and in salads and chowder. You can even watch the employees harvest the conch from the sea.
Phone number for reservations: 649-946-8877
Insider tip: There are times -- depending on the tide -- when you can actually dine at tables sitting in the water.
Ambiance: Toes-in-the-sand casual, beach attire welcome
What we love: Stunning setting for a beach-side meal,
Overview: Located in Five Cays, Bugaloo's Conch Crawl boasts an extensive menu featuring fresh fish and a variety of different conch and shrimp preparations. Bugaloo's also has plenty of options for land lovers, including burgers and chicken dishes.
Phone number for reservations: 649-941-3863
Insider tip: Check the website for weekly food and drink specials and info about happy hours and brunch.
Ambiance: Beach casual chic, lively atmosphere with a DJ or live music
What we love: Somewhere Cafe is located on Grace Bay Beach, so if you felt like it, you could actually go snorkeling before or after your meal in the beautiful waters right in front of the restaurant.
Overview: Delicious Tex-Mex dishes, such as fajitas, quesadillas, and conch tacos, served surf side. Round out your meal with a frothy cocktail or a cold beer or two.
Phone number for reservations: 649-941-8260
Insider tip: Going fishing during your trip? Omar's will prepare your catch into a tasty meal for you.
Ambiance: Island vibes with friendly service
What we love: Omar's Beach Hut is located right next to the fish market in Five Cays, which means the seafood here is exceptionally fresh.
Overview: At Omar's, you can gaze upon the beauty of the sea, while also enjoying her bounty. Seafood, of course, is highly recommended -- especially the lobster when in season. If it's not, you won't go wrong with the conch or any of the jerk dishes.
Phone number for reservations: 649-231-6691
Insider tip: Check out the restaurant's Facebook page or call ahead to inquire about Zest's specials, such as half-priced Taco Tuesdays.
Ambiance: Relaxed, beach casual elegance
What we love: Even if you weren't in the mood for the skewers, the tantalizing scent arising from the Robata grill will lure you into trying them.
Overview: Zest's menu offers a wide variety of culinary creations, everything from lamb cutlets to skewers to pizzas. In addition, the views of Grace Bay Beach from Zest are stunning.
Phone number for reservations: 1-649-232-4444
Insider tip: The restaurant features live entertainment by local musicians four nights a week.
Ambiance: Beach casual, yet elegant
What we love: Homemade desserts, including a delicious rum cake
Overview: Hemingway's has been a favorite of locals and visitors for more than 22 years. Its views are killer, service friendly, and the food delightful. The menu has something for just about everyone -- from pasta to freshly grilled fish and meats.
Phone number for reservations: 649-941-8408
Insider tip: Reservations are recommended for dinner.
Ambiance: Beautiful views, tropical chic
What we love: Gorgeous views of Chalk Sound.
Overview: Las Brisas serves tapas and lovingly plated Mediterranean- and Caribbean-influences dishes. Its menu is quite extensive, with a nice selection of appetizers and salads. Main entrees range from surf and turf options to pizza and pasta.
Phone number for reservations: 649-946-5306
Insider tip: Time your dinner so that you can enjoy the sunset views.
Ambiance: Tropical, beautiful, but casual
What we love: There are several options for vegetarians on the menu, including a vegetable wrap and a pizza.
Overview: The Deck is the more casual alternative to Seven, which is the other restaurant in the Seven Stars Resort. So, its menu runs toward more laid-back fare, such as burgers, sandwiches and pizza.
Phone number for reservations: 649-941-7777
Insider tip: Except for special occasions, Jack's Shack is only open on days when cruise ships are in port
Ambiance: Laid back, with lots of character and always a dog or two to greet you
What we love: The jerk chicken is simply amazing. Check out the website for a coupon for a free shot of rum.
Overview: Perfect island-style tiki bar that serves up local dishes, including conch fritters and inventive shots and drinks. Not into cocktails? Jack's Shack also sells local IPAs and lagers.
Phone number for reservations: 649-232-0099 or 649-244-9309
Insider tip: Keep an eye out for breeching whales during the humpback migration season, which occurs between January and April.
Ambiance: Very casual -- no shoes, no shirt, no problem!
What we love: The rum punch here is considered to be one of the best on the island.
Overview: Sandbar is an intimate beach bar that has been a favorite with locals and visitors. It serves delicious fresh grilled fish and local dishes -- including cracked conch -- as well as standard bar fare such as burgers and quesadillas.
Phone number for reservations: 649-243-2666
Insider tip: Save room for the desserts, especially the chocolate souffle.
Ambiance: Romantic mixed with a tropical vibe
What we love: Grace's Cottage has a children's menu for the little ones with classic favorites, such as burgers and macaroni and cheese.
Overview: The restaurant's menu showcases fresh local products, including its Caicos Bouillabaisse and conch chowder. Grace's Cottage also serves numerous dishes with a French spin, including steak au poivre or beef bourguignon.
Phone number for reservations: 649-941-7743
Insider tip: The restaurant will work with diners who request dishes with special dietary requests. For example, they can prepare gluten-free bread and will create vegan dishes.
Ambiance: Romantic, intimate and elegant
What we love: Their extensive wine list.
Overview: Parallel 23 serves Caribbean fusion and fresh seafood dishes, including grilled south Caicos snapper. Make sure to try the restaurant's signature sticky toffee pudding that comes with Caicos salted caramel ice cream.
Phone number for reservations: 866-877-7256
Insider tip: Crackpot Kitchen has live music on Fridays.
Ambiance: After a fire in 2020, they have moved to a temporary location down the street. Call Crackpot Kitchen for latest location information.
What we love: Happy hour drink specials
Overview: The Crackpot Kitchen serves Caribbean cuisine with some international touches. Think Caicos reef curry with conch, shrimp, crab and snapper. Or Jerk crusted game hen. Crackpot Kitchen even offers a goat dish.
Phone number for reservations: 649-941-3330
Insider tip: The menu is clearly marked with abbreviations to indicate which are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian or incorporate homemade pasta.
Ambiance: Elegant and romantic, with open-air seating
What we love: Many of the pastas are made in-house.
Overview: The Caicos Cafe prefers to let its fresh ingredients shine in its Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. So, the chef prefers to use simple preparations. Its catch of the day, for example, is "lightly spiced." You'll also find numerous pasta dishes, including a black tagliolini served with a mix of seafood.
Phone number for reservations: 649-946-5278
Insider tip: This is the place to try the restaurant's namesake fish -- grouper -- if you have never eaten it before. It's offered in several different preparations, including a curry grouper.
Ambiance: Casual, lively island vibe, popular with both locals and visitors
What we love: Mr. Grouper's many conch dishes, including a pecan-crusted conch served with a spicy, mango butter sauce.
Overview: At Mr. Grouper, you'll get to enjoy dishes created by a local chef who understands how best to use local spices to truly enhance the ocean's bounty. The restaurant's most popular creations are its pan-fried snapper, spicy conch salad and -- in season -- a grilled lobster tail.
Phone number for reservations: 649-242-6780
Insider tip: Coyaba prides itself on changing up its menu on a regular basis and also offering nightly specials.
Ambiance: Romantic, tropical setting with a kiss of elegance
What we love: Interesting dessert options, including a gluten-free chocolate gâteaux and a pot aux chocolat that features edible silver leaf.
Overview: Coyaba wants its diners to experience all that the Caribbean has to offer in the way of fresh seafood and tantalizing spices. The menu also uses European influences to create new flavor combinations, such as a grouper in a Turks Head beer batter.
Phone number for reservations: 649-946-5186
Insider tip: Set aside a little time to enjoy a drink by one of the restaurant's fire pits.
Ambiance: Fire & Ice describes itself as sophisticated and casual.
What we love: The sheer white curtains blowing gently in the breeze and the jazz music in the background give the restaurant a classy but relaxed vibe.
Overview: The restaurant combine South American and Caribbean flavors to create its own unique and beautifully plated dishes, such as its grilled seafood parrillada or the mahi-mahi filet crusted with chorizo.
Phone number for reservations: 649-946-9900
Insider tip: Check the restaurant's Facebook page for specials, such as its Country and Western nights
Ambiance: Family-owned business that is popular with both locals and visitors, casual and welcoming
What we love: This restaurant carries local brews to go along with its Turks and Caicos foods.
Overview: Simone's Bar and Grill serves fresh, reasonably priced island favorites, such as conch salads and grilled fish sandwiches. You can also find bar-style food, such as hamburgers, ribs and nachos.
Phone number for reservations: 649-341-3031
Insider tip: Hole in the Wall with a reputation for making a killer jerk chicken.
Ambiance: Indoor and outdoor dining, casual
What we love: Reasonably priced and large portions
Overview: Hole in the Wall specializes in authentic Jamaican and other Caribbean-style food, such as oxtail, whole grilled fish, and jerk chicken. Breakfast dishes include local favorites like mackerel run dung or ackee and codfish.
Phone number for reservations: 649-941-4136
Insider tip: The restaurant prides itself on using fresh fish, so some menu items may not be available at all times.
Ambiance: Relaxing atmosphere with indoor seating and al fresco dining with beautiful views of Cheshire Hall Creek
What we love: This restaurant is popular with locals, but still off the radar for many visitors.
Overview: This family-owned restaurant serves some of the best local-style cuisine on the island. Think steamed or fried whole snapper, conch fritters, or peas n' rice.
Phone number for reservations: 649-246-1735
This Grace Bay eatery and bar is just steps from the sand, making it the perfect place for an after-beach bite or to grab a local beer. The Terrace on Grace Bay serves up flavorful bar favorites, including burgers, flat breads and wings. It is open for both lunch and dinner, and offers a kids menu for the little ones. Phone: 649-941-7447
Danny Buoys brings a touch of Ireland to the Caribbean. The menu for this authentic Irish-style pub includes burgers and sandwiches, as well as island favorites, including a conch chowder. Danny Buoy also proudly offers the largest single-malt collection on the island. You'll find this restaurant next to The Saltmills Plaza. Phone: 649-946-9900
This restaurant's specialty is Italian comfort food. Located in the center of Grace Bay, Lupo prides itself on creating dishes with its own house-made pasta and fresh ingredients. It also serves pizza. This eatery also has a nice selection of gourmet coffees, espressos, cappuccinos, as well as a carefully curated wine list. Phone: 649-431-5876
If you love the look of an old-school Fifties-style diner, you'll love Big Al's Island Grill's fun decor. A relative newcomer on the island's dining scene, this restaurant offers diners a wide range of dishes -- everything from vegan-veggie selections to hamburgers to steaks to pizza. This diner is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Phone: 649-941-3797
Located in the Ocean Club Resorts, this is a casual beach bar where you can enjoy a delicious meal and a cocktail or cold brew by the sea. The menu includes everything from fresh seafood to pizza. Cabana Bar & Grill also has regular specials, such as a Caribbean Jerk day or a ribs night. Phone: 649-946-5880
JoJo's - which was named after a local celebrity dolphin - is the casual dining restaurant in the Windsong Resort. At this restaurant, you'll find both continental and made-to-order breakfasts. And for dinner and lunch, the fare here ranges from fresh seafood to hamburgers to delicious chowders. Phone: 649-333-7700
The Mudjin Bar & Grille is located in the Dragon Cay Resort in Middle Caicos. It has a small menu that includes fish, burgers and salads, and its bar serves up frothy cocktails, beers and wine. The Mudjin Bar and Grill is open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every day. Dinner service, on the other hand, depends on demand. If enough guests at the resort request to book dinner reservations, the restaurant will be opened for service. Phone: 649-246-4472
Are you searching for a different and unique dining experience? Then check out Sui-Ren, which serves Asian cuisine with Peruvian accents. Located in The Shore Club, the restaurant prides itself on using only the freshest seafood and organic produce in its inventive dishes and sushi. Phone: 649-339-8000
Yoshi's serves both traditional and innovative sushi rolls. Its menu is also quite deep, with a variety of well-known Japanese dishes, including ramen, tempura, and Japanese curry. Yoshi's Sushi is located in Saltmills Plaza, and is open from Monday through Friday for both lunch and dinner service; but only for dinner on Saturdays. Phone: 649-431-0012
This Grand Turk restaurant's menu is a showcase of flavors from all over the globe. So, don't be surprised by the interesting mix of dishes you'll find on the menu -- including but not limited to paella, chicken tikka masala as well as a combo platter filled with the freshest seafood. Guanahani Restaurant and Bar is located in the Bohio Dive Resort and overlooks beautiful Pillory Beach. Phone: 649-946-2135
Not sure what you're in the mood for? Then head over to the Solana, which is located in the Ocean Club Resorts. This restaurant's menu items include sushi, tapas, fresh seafood, and high-quality meats. Solana also has a teppanyaki grill where you can watch the chef cook your meal. Phone: 649-946-5254
The internationally trained chefs at this restaurant proudly serve Caribbean-fusion cuisine made from the best local produce and seafood. Think whole snapper, risotto or a Guinness oxtail stew. Caribbean Element is located in Le Vele Plaza in Providenciales and is only open from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. for dinner. Phone: 649-348-6424